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Man creeps up behind teenage girl, chokes her in the Bronx: NYPD

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WILLIAMSBRIDGE, The Bronx — Police are searching for a teenage boy they say crept up behind a 15-year-old girl and choked her in the Bronx.

The assault happened on Monday, April 11, around 7:30 a.m.

Police say the victim, 15, was walking in the vicinity of White Plains Road and E. 217 Street in the Williamsbridge section of the borough.

The suspect, who had been following the victim, allegedly grabbed her from behind and placed his hands around her neck. After choking her, the suspect took off on foot down White Plains Road.

The victim remained conscious but said she was experiencing dizziness. She refused medical attention at the scene.

According to police, the suspect is described as being between 16 and 19 years old. He is 5-foot-7 and weighs 145 pounds.

Surveillance video has been released that shows the suspect before the incident.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.